Txema Novelo is a video maker based in Mexico City. In this article he shares his amazing music videos entirely shot on 35 mm films with our retro movie maker: the Lomokino.
Dear Txema, welcome to our Online Magazine! First of all, please tell us a little bit about yourself!
A pleasure to be here! My name is Txema Novelo, I am a filmmaker from Mexico City. I have been shooting my films for a while using film in small formats, like Super 8 mm and 16 mm. I graduated in 2018 from the film program of the Studio National des Arts Contemporains of France, LE FRESNOY with a film shot entirely in Super 8 mm color negative film and featuring the wittiest pop singer alive, the totemic Molly Nilsson. Since then I have been on board with french producer Emmanuel Chaumet, and we are currently post-producing my latest film project entitled “The Benevolence of the Vampire” shot entirely on Super 8 mm black & white reversible Tri-X Kodak film.
What or who has inspired you to purchase and use the Lomokino?
I am a big fan of the very early aesthetics of cinema, the kind of Eadweard Muybridge’s “Horses” and the Lumiere brothers catalog (or even “Annabelle’s Serpentine Dance “ by Edison). When the Lomokino came out I loved how clever and simple it was, yet in design, it achieved the mechanism of the early film cameras. I immediately got one and start experimenting with it.
Describe the Lomokino in five words.
Pocket Motion Pictures Film Camera
Kindly share with us the Lomokino movie you love the most.
I did this music video for the song “El Artista” by Barcelona’s synth-pop cult duo and dear friends, Hidrogenesse. It was shot in Paris and Istanbul as an homage to Robert Bresson’s “L’argent”. I like it because I feel it merges quite nicely the very old feeling of silent movies with a contemporary city setting.
Which films do you use for your short movies?
I have been shooting mostly in Super 8 mm Kodak Vision 3 color negative film, but I have also done a lot of Kodak Black & White TRI-X reversible film, and I have also got my share of the glorious Kodak Ektachrome color reversible film. How about in the future Lomo surprises us with a Super 8 camera? (and some unique cool new Lomo motion film with it).
What program did you use to edit your videos?
I use Adobe Premiere.
Do you have any suggestions for Lomokino newbies?
Yes, don't waste it on interiors! Lomokino and sunlight love each other!
Any future plans with your Lomokino? More shoots or a full-length film perhaps?
I am also a proud owner of a Lomography Smartphone Scanner: I used to love how it worked so nicely with Lomokino processed film. If you guys spoil us one more time with an update to the app to play with nowadays smartphone camera resolutions, I promise you I will come up with a 2K Lomokino short!
Any future projects in general that you would like to share with our community?
After finishing my short film "Déjalo Ser", I'm glad to share with you the teaser of my latest short film "La Benevolencia del Vampiro". I hope to finish it by autumn, so whoever wants to watch the final results can subscribe to my Vimeo channel. It will be my pleasure and I will keep the updates there.
Check all Txema's videos in his Vimeo profile.